Oral histories from the Japanese American incarceration.




Here’s How You Can Support This Important Work.


If you love and appreciate these stories, please consider supporting the work I do to collect and share them with a monthly donation through Patreon. Just click the Become a Patron button.

As I do this independently and with my own finances, I want to take Tessaku to the next level. I often get asked what the ultimate goal is and while the journey in collecting stories is the main one, I do have a few benchmarks I’d like to hit sooner rather than later:

  • Bring a traveling Tessaku exhibit to different cities

  • Create a well-produced podcast

  • Print a Tessaku magazine / book series featuring interviews, photos and artwork

  • Travel further and more frequently to capture interviews from people living in areas with fewer Japanese Americans

  • Expand the dialogue and stories to include non-Japanese Americans who were also affected by the uprooting


Patreon asks me to set donation tiers and with each increased tier, I can include you more intimately into my research and process, and give you behind-the-scenes glimpses of the people I speak with and this history. You’ll also see that there are goals I can reach with increased dollar amounts. Reaching these goals can only elevate my work and bring it to a wider audience. Basically, you’d be giving me more fuel in the tank to keep this project running smoothly and for years to come.

Thank you for considering to donate – the power to get these stories is truly in your hands. If anything, sharing an interview or single post with someone who may not know about this site is just as valuable, and I thank you for that as well.

Lastly, thank you to my past and current patrons – your love and support means the world.

Learn more and become a patron here.

Tessaku Magazine

The Tessaku series is currently available as a Patreon reward, at the $5 level or above. If you wish to purchase single copies of upcoming issues, you can make a one-time $20 donation to Tessaku here. Please include your full name and shipping address in the notes.

Thank you for your support in this labor of love, and for keeping print alive!

For any questions, please email me at emiko@tessaku.com.